Hey, technically, could be worse for USF
If you wanted a positive spin on those 10 recruits that signed with USF in February but won't make it to campus this fall, this probably wasn't what you had in mind.
Leslie Stirrups, arguably the most highly touted of the 28 recruits who signed with USF in February, was arrested Monday on six felony charges, all related to auto burglaries. Two counts of burglary of a conveyance, two counts of third-degree grand theft, one for dealing in stolen property and another for giving a false name to a pawn dealer. The 18-year-old from Hillsborough High remains in jail on $17,500 bond.
So for USF, it's probably better today that Stirrups isn't on campus as a freshman. Stirrups didn't qualify academically and is slated to play this fall at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi. (You could argue that if he was in the structure and supervision of a major college football program, he might not be allegedly stealing things from cars, but that's another matter). So instead of a USF freshman getting arrested, it's just a talented local kid who signed with USF but didn't make it and hopes to get back to USF in a few years ... legal issues notwithstanding.
Speaking of Pearl River and arrests more closely linked to USF, that's where Carlton Hill is headed for this fall, as part of his academic/character rehabilitation. He's the fourth USF player/recruit placed at Pearl River since January, but he might not be playing quarterback at Pearl River, either. The school already has a strong quarterback in Mike Greco, an N.C. State transfer, so Hill could wind up at receiver or even safety. Either way, the plan is to get him back to USF in 2007, with two years to play. The guy's fallen a long way since March.
Remind me on Tuesday to write more about USF's first men's basketball practice. If you're yearning for the days of Will McDonald, Terrence Leather and Marlyn Bryant, stop by the Sun Dome this week. They're practicing against the current Bulls -- how appropriate that players playing in Europe help USF prepare for its trip to Italy in two weeks. (And you geography majors, yes, Bryant played pro ball this year in Mexico, which is not in Europe, I know .. )